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Dr Pornthip in the wheels of justice

New Sunday Times, Page: 24


Sunday, 19 September 2010

THERE seems to be a nascent, stygian culture in its ascendency in Malaysia. Supporters of this culture promote the absurdly unconventional while eluding the truth. This, they seek to achieve by any means even if that includes promoting and disseminating statements derived from half truths and gossip, directed at those who, by virtue of~ their office, are often unable to defend themselves.

They spare neither the living nor the dead.

Even before the Teoh Beng Hock inquiry has had the opportunity to run its course to a just conclusion aided by independent testimony and admissible evidence, some quarters have deliberately spawned a generation of capital lies and rumours, feeding the frenzied curiosity of a gullible and inquisitive public. All this in the name of “justice”.

The highly inappropriate use of the word murder at this stage of the inquiry, for example, appears to be a staple in the vocabulary of these people. To describe Teoh’s demise as such is simply in breach of rules of evidence, procedure or simply good advocacy.

Such language is highly inflammatory and prejudicial to a fair, independent and just outcome.

The breach has been allowed to go unchecked thus far, subverting the integrity and purpose of the inquiry in the process.

The inference to be drawn from the unchallenged use of the word murder in context is this. A conclusion as to how Teoh died has already been acknowledged, decided and accepted by all parties to the inquiry even before the inquiry has been allowed to run its lawful course.

Lawyers acting for Teoh’s family seem to see it as their duty to interfere with the conduct of the inquiry at every given opportunity and to sully the reputation of government and its agencies in the process. The truth into Teoh’s death appears not to be a priority or even a remote consideration. Teoh remains a casualty of the truth.

Teoh Beng Hock, the Inquiry and the “Funniest Video” (a spin-off of the inquiry currently doing the rounds over the Internet) is a case in point. It demonstrates the general level of ignorance that dominates and overwhelms the inquiry and the public in Malaysia.

There are also issues with the evidence” of Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand and with her “impartiality”.

If statements attributed to her testimony are to be believed, this expert has misled the inquiry. It is observed that Dr Pornthip, when asked to explain the discrepancy in her statistical estimates of the probabifity of death resulting from Teoh’s “murder” (as she and her team prefer to refer to Teoh’s death), she is reported to have replied with words to the effect that by giving it the higher probabffity of 80 per cent in her initial testimony, she wished to force a second autopsy on Teoh’s remains.

quent hearings were orchestrated, inappropriate and irrelevant. She in short was being unhelpful to the inquiry by playing to an audience of the converted.

As tragic as Teoh’s death is, his persona now dwarfs the man in life by the disproportionate attention given to the circumstances surrounding his death.

Such is the potential for damage to the integrity and independence of government agencies when those responsible for management of issues and the general conduct of these agencies like the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission are unable to properly and in a timely and organised maimer explain how an event such as the death of Teoh in their custody occurred.

Conspiracy theories are born out of such gaffes. Regardless, Teoh, like the late A. Kugan, is entitled like any other human being to their dignity and rights in life as they are in death as the MACC is entitled to its responses within an acceptable time frame and the organised framework of the law Using it as a tool to attack and vilify government and its agencies outside of legally prescribed rules, interested parties in blogsphere and at the inquiry, lend little credibility to their cause.

Teoh has been hijacked in death as he may well have been in life, a tool of political intrigue and a prop for political gain. The truth, however, is as much a casualty and a victim of circumstances as Teoh was in life and continues to be in death.

The inquiry into Teoh’s death would in other jurisdictions fall into the category of a coronial inquiry.

A coronial inquiry is one whereby the coroner, assisted by legal representatives working together with experts, would investigate the circumstances of the subject’s death and make appropriate findings upon the evidence presented to it in a transparent, detached and forensic way.

In instances where there is strong admissible evidence of wrongdoing on the part of any party involved in the death of the subject, the coroner’s findings may include a recommendation to the public prosecutor that would support a criminal or civil prosecution of culpable parties. Malaysian-born Gopal Raj Kumar resides in Australia and is a keen observer of Malaysian affairs    Send article as PDF   

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Pornthip Gagal Pertahan Teori 80% Dibunuh

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Tumpuan terhadap inkues menjadi semakin panas bilamana pakar Patologi Thailand Dr. Pornthip Rojanasunand memberikan keterangan beliau berhubung hasil post mortem kedua yang dibuat ke atas mendiang Teoh Beng Hock (TBH).

Seperti yang telah dijangkakan, kenyataan dan hasil penemuan yang dikemukakan akan bersifat kontroversi dan sama sekali bertentangan dengan hasil penemuan empat lagi Patologi yang dikemukakan oleh pihak pembelaan iaitu Dr. Khairul Azman, Dr. Prashant Naresh Samberkar, Dr. Shahidan Md Noor dan pakar forensik Britain Dr. Peter Vanesis.

Berdasarkan penemuan kajian pertamanya, Dr. Pornthip telah pun mengeluarkan teori yang amat kontroversi serta mencetuskan keresahan di kalangan rakyat iaitu “Kematian TBH – 80 peratus dibunuh, 20 peratus bunuh diri”. Apa yang peliknya, dengan hanya meneliti gambar-gambar sahaja beliau boleh membuat keputusan bahawa kematian TBH adalah kerana dibunuh. Kenyataan atau teori ini menyanggah atau bertentangan sama sekali dengan hasil penemuan yang dibuat oleh tiga pakar Patologi tempatan dan seorang pakar Patologi Britain.  Ini membuatkan kehadiran beliau ke Malaysia amat dinanti-nantikan oleh rakyat Malaysia untuk mengetahui apakah beliau akan dapat mempertahankan teori 80 – 20 yang dinyatakan sebelum ini.

Kehadiran beliau di Malaysia juga turut dipolemikkan dan dipolitikkan oleh pihak-pihak tertentu sehingga tercetus andaian bahawa keselamatan beliau akan terancam. Malaysia digambarkan sebagai sebuah negara yang huru hara, tiada undang-undang dan tidak selamat sehinggakan membahayakan nyawa seorang pakar forensik yang datang untuk memberikan kenyataan. Semuanya mengarut dan sengaja diada-adakan untuk kepentingan pihak-pihak tertentu.

Sebelum kita membahaskan kenyataan Dr. Pornthip dan hasil penemuan terbarunya dalam Post mortem kedua (yang benar-benar berasaskan mayat mendiang TBH dan bukannya gambar) maka wajar kita teliti semula apakah pandangan keempat-empat ahli Patologi yang turut terlibat secara langsung dalam post mortem terhadap mayat mendiang TBH.

Kesimpulan yang boleh dibuat berasaskan laporan keempat-empat ahli Patologi di atas adalah seperti berikut:

  • Kematian TBH disebabkan kemungkinan bunuh diri;
  • Tidak jelas tanda-tanda bahawa TBH dibunuh sebelum dicampak dari tingkap;
  • Kecederaan yang terdapat tidak menunjukkan tanda-tanda “struggle”;
  • TBH masih sedar ketika jatuh. Kecederaan patah kedua-dua tulang tangan dan kedua-dua tulang kaki juga menunjukkan yang TBH masih dalam keadaan sedar dan cuba menahan impak jatuh ;
  • Kecederaannya konsisten dengan kejatuhan dari tempat tinggi;
  • Kesan calar pada kasut TBH konsisten dengan perbuatan beliau mencangkung di tingkap sebelum terjun;
  • TBH tidak dipengaruhi oleh dadah ataupun alkohol;

Semalam dalam inkues yang berlangsung jelas menunjukkan bahawa Dr. Pornthip yang selama ini berkeras dengan teori 80 – 20 tidak dapat mempertahankan hujahnya. Kalau sebelum ini beliau berkeras menyatakan bahawa wujud tanda-tanda TBH diseksa, dipukul dan dubur ditusuk dengan objek tumpul serta dibunuh sebelum dicampak keluar tingkap. Namun hari ini, pengakuannya telah berubah namun masih lagi dianggap kontroversi.

Terdapat beberapa fakta yang tidak dapat dipertahankan oleh Pornthip berasaskan laporannya sebelum ini. Antaranya:

  • Beliau menukar pandangan dengan tidak lagi mengekalkan pendapat bahawa 80 peratus TBH mati akibat dibunuh;
  • Kecederaan TBH tidak menunjukkan bahawa beliau diseksa atau dipukul sebagaimana kenyataannya sebelum ini yang mengatakan TBH diseksa, dipukul;
  • Tiada bukti ditemui menunjukkan bahawa TBH dipukul ataupun diseksa sebagaimana kenyataannya sebelum ini;
  • Beliau turut menyangkal dakwaannya sebelum ini yang menunjukkan bahawa kecederaan pada dubur TBH akibat tusukan benda tumpul dan mengesahkan penemuan pakar-pakar lain yang ia disebabkan kesan jatuh dari tempat tinggi;

Bagi menyelamatkan maruah dirinya, Dr. Pornthip yang boleh dibaratkan sebagai Fortune Teller atau ahli nujum mengeluarkan teori baru tetapi tergantung begitu iaitu “kematian TBH bukan disebabkan bunuh diri”. Namun bila ditanya oleh pihak pembelaan adakah ia disebabkan oleh “dibunuh” Pornthip tidak dapat menjelaskannya.

Kalau bukan disebabkan bunuh diri, apa pula punca kematiannya? Sudah tentu dibunuh dan dicampakkan keluar tingkap? Bukan begitu? Namun, dalam kenyataannya beliau jelas mengatakan bahawa teori 80 peratus tidak lagi berguna, tiada langsung bukti menunjukkan TBH dipukul dan diseksa atau dibunuh dan tiada tanda-tanda kecederaan pada tubuh TBH yang berkaitan dengan insiden pukul atau diseksa.

Ini jelas menunjukkan bahawa Dr. Pornthip sebenarnya bukanlah seorang “pakar” sebagaimana yang dihebahkan oleh pihak-pihak berkepentingan. Kehadirannya hanya sebagai seorang pelakon untuk menghuru-harakan hasil penemuan empat pakar forensik yang benar-benar profesional serta bertujuan untuk polemik politik dan meraih simpati sokongan masyarakat.

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TBH: Porntip now says death was NOT 80 per cent murder but rules out suicide

Courtesy of Rocky’s Bru

No consensus. Two forensic experts have ruled out murder before this. So how did the poor guy fall to his death?

On Feb 19, 2010, Malaysia’s pathologist Dr Shahidan Mohd Noor, who conducted a second autopsy on TBH last Nov after Thai pathologist Dr Khunying Porntip Rojanasunan said that there was an 80% chance that TBH’s death was homicide, quashed that theory.

On April 26, 2010, UK renowned pathologist Prof Vanezis also ruled out murder, and said TBH was conscious when he fell to his death.

This morning, Dr Porntip, who is the pathologist engaged by the Selangor government on behalf of the family of TBH, told the inquest that Teoh’s death was not suicide.

Dr Pornthip said she can no longer maintain the 80 per cent homicide percentage she had claimed before, but maintained from findings that Teoh’s death was not suicide. Read The Malay Mail’s report.

Dr Porntip had based that fantastic 80 percent theory on photographs or the first autopsy. Any fool could have guessed that there was no way she could maintain that 80 per cent homicide theory.    Send article as PDF   

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